Campbell Jr., age 82, of Athens, AL departed his earthly home and went to rest
in the arms of Jesus on July 26. Ernest was born on July 14, 1939 in Butler, AL
to Ernest Sr. and Vinnie Campbell. He had a total of 3 siblings, 1 of which
preceded him in death. The Campbell family established a home filled with love
and kindness. Ernest received his formal education from
Choctaw County Training and was a proud graduate of the class of 1956. While
attending Alabama A&M College, he met his lovely wife-to-be, Arteen. After
graduating, the two love birds united in holy matrimony in 1961. They were
happily married for 59 years. This union brought about two children, Juana and
Ernie. It was important to Ernest to establish a legacy that lived beyond his
time on earth. His family views it as a honor to live out the beautiful example
he left. Ernest was a great man who passionately loved
his family. Alongside the love of his life, Arteen, they created a family built
on love, faith, integrity, generosity, and respect. Mr. Campbell was one who
possessed many talents, which included preaching, teaching, coaching, hunting,
serving in the community, and so much more. For years, he served in God’s
Kingdom by preaching dynamic sermons with practical points for the Lucas St.
Church of Christ, Carriger Church of Christ, and Tanner Hill/North Athens
Church of Christ. He also taught various Sunday school classes and led singing.
Mr. Campbell sought God in all aspects of life, enjoyed foot-tapping Gospel
music, and believed in an active example of Christianity. Mr. Campbell taught school in Limestone County
for 32 years as a science teacher and driver’s ed instructor. While being an
educator, he coached basketball and volleyball while also being a bus driver.
He always found moments to impact his students in meaningful and lasting ways. Ernest always enjoyed hunting with some of his
closest, lifelong friends. He found true happiness in hunting rabbits and deer.
And he was quite famous for saying, “I’m going to see a man about a dog.” Mr. Campbell devoted his time to the community
by lending a helping hand to those in need and serving on various boards. Some
of the boards he served on included the Athens City Schools Board of Education,
Beautification Board, Zoning Board, Athens Limestone Hospital Board, Athens
City Planning Commission, Athens Limestone Clean Community Commission, and the
Sports Hall of Fame Board. He could be seen at any time visiting the sick, administering
weddings and funerals, and actively participating in making the community a
better place. For his community service, he received countless awards that line
the walls of his study. To name a few: the Dr. C. Eric Lincoln Humanitarian
Award and the Community Unsung Hero. To know him was to love him and respect him. He
was a light in this world, and we feel honored to have encountered and loved
Ernest/Jr./ECJ/Daddy/Gramps/Mr. C/Coach/Camp. He will live on in each of us.
Although we are sad, we are thankful for a patriarch who lived a beautiful life
for 82 years. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents,
Ernest Sr. and Vinnie, and his sister, Pat. He is survived by his devoted and
selfless wife, Arteen; loyal and self-sacrificing children, Juana (Bryant), Ernie
(Gretchen), and honorary daughter, niece, Robyn; 5 grandchildren, Taylor
(Lamar), Chandler (Frank), Carmen, Hailey, and Kennedy; 2 honorary
grandchildren (great nephew and great niece), Kyle and Rachel; 3
great-grandchildren, Carson, Gracyn, and Harper; 2 siblings, Addie Bernice and
Willie; and many caring and devoted in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Sign Guestbook Below.
Mr. Campbell was such a great man and a wonderful teacher. He was such an awesome example of how we students should conduct ourselves. I really admired him. I know he is with Jesus now.
Juana and family I’m so sorry for your monumental loss. May God, our Father, comfort you all. I love you all and I’m praying for you. Penny
TOO THE CAMPBELL FAMILY MY CONDOLENCES SORRY HEAR OF YOUR LOSS MAY GOD SURROUND YOUR FAMILY WITH COMPASSION
I loved Mr. Campbell as I taught with him a few years at West Limestone. He was a devout "Man of God" and he will be missed. Prayers go out for the family.
David and Bethany Jackson
We are very blessed to have known Brother Campbell. The human side of us sorrows for the loss we feel in his passing, but the spiritual side rejoices that he is with our Father. We pray for comfort and strength for your family during this difficult time.
Love and prayers for the family.
I was so sorry to read of Mr. Campbell's passing. Mrs. Arteen was my foodservice instructor while I attended career tech. She was such a kind, precious woman to me. I send my condolences to her and her family Sincerely Mechelle Long